December 7, 2022 Subject:
Sources don't always hold up
Sometimes, people cite this book to claim that a 1942 Christmas German radio broadcast, which linked up German soldiers in various parts of the world to sing Silent Night together as part of a live radio broadcast, was faked. After looking for the evidence behind this claim, it's not convincing.
On page 547, Kershaw wrote, "A radio broadcast linking troops on all the fighting fronts, including Stalingrad, brought tears to the eyes of many a family gathered around the Christmas tree back home, as the men at the 'front on the Volga' joined their comrades in singing 'Silent Night'. The listeners at home did not know the link-up was a fake. 339" Source 339 points to William Craig, Enemy at the Gates. The Battle for Stalingrad, London, 1973, 295-6; Beevor, 313.
Craig doesn't directly link a source. Craig only mentioned that he listened to the Ring Broadcast, without mentioning his source for the supposedly fake Stalingrad part. Beevor's sources skip over the very paragraph where he says that part of the broadcast was faked.
It makes me wonder what else is lacking in sufficient evidence, or if there are incorrect parts.